As previous stated, the lodge is not a fancy place, though I did not expect it to be. Since I am not a camper by any stretch of the means, this was the best option for my friend & I, who toured the Kings Canyon & Sequoia parks. Other lodging options were cabins (aka glorified tents), camping-camping, or staying in one of the nearby cities. We decided to stay in the lodge for one night to maximize our time in the park. Unfortunately, these limited options are well known and you will pay the price for it.
Let's talk about some of the positives about the lodge and the room itself - 1) the lodge is in a beautiful setting. For this city slicker, the amount of visible stars is truly mesmerizing 2) there's running water, a shower and a working toilet (non-camper, remember?) 3) Close to the Grant Grove Restaurant, and 4) a stone's throw away from General Grant. Oh, added bonus - we saw a couple of deer early in the morning!
Now, let's talk about the not-so-positives. Let me preface to say that I am allergic to pretty much everything, it seems, so I'm constantly taking allergy meds. My standard various reactions - post nasal drip, asthma, itchy eyes, sneezing, etc - were pretty bad when I was in the lodge. The carpet seems quite old so I'm sure it's full of dust mites, as are the beds. What's worse - the room was supposedly cleaned by an unnamed housekeeper, but said housekeeper apparently looked at and ignored the mass amount of black mold growing on the shower curtain. Can we say gross?!? I was quite horrified when I discovered this. How can anybody see this and just walk away without cleaning it when that's what you are paid to do?? Housekeeping leaves a card to let patrons know who cleaned their room with a fill in the blank area for the name of the housekeeper. Ours, I noticed, was conveniently empty in the fill in the blank area.
I went in the off season, so I did not have the same issues with noise from the parking lot or other rooms that previous reviewers had. I could, however, imagine it being an issue. There is no staff here - you check in next to the restaurant and gift center, and you take care of yourself from there.
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